Cookie Bars

Hello everyone! How has your weekend been? My weekend is flying by. Yesterday my family asked me to make dessert because we were having company over, so I decided on cookie bars. I could have sworn it was only 12 when I had tied my TARDIS apron and was ready to bake them but no… It was already 3. Do I just take random naps and not remember them? It’s starting to seem that way…

Okay. Back to the recipe… This recipe is a simple sugar cookie recipe turned into cookie bars. The recipe is not quite mine, I got it from Pillsbury and slightly altered it. Original recipe can be found here.

Start by measuring out 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium to large bowl. Using a fork, fluff it a few times.

whisk flour, baking powder and salt together

Take 2 sticks of butter and cut them into the flour. (I recognize this seems like a lot… If you’d like, substitute one stick for a mashed banana or two) Mix until the mixture is crumby.

cut butter into flour

finished butter flour mixture

In a separate bowl, whisk 2 eggs together with 2 teaspoons vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract.

whisked eggs

Add in 1 1/2 cups of sugar.

put sugar in eggs

Mix well.

sugar and eggs mixed

Pour egg mixture into flour mixture.

pour eggs into flour

Create a dough starting with a spoon and eventually with your fingers.

create a dough

Preheat your oven to 375*F as you let your dough firm up for around 20 minutes.

You have now made the sugar cookie base. If you would like to just make sugar cookies, go right ahead and roll this out with flour to around 1/4 an inch thickness, use cut outs and bake at 375*F until lightly browned. If you’d like to continue making cookie bars out of this dough, I’m continuing.

Once ready, make a well in your dough and place in 1 1/2-2 cups of chopped up candy, chocolate chips, M&Ms, toffee bits or whatever else you have on hand.

Candy well

Mix dough together and press into a lightly greased  pan.

pressed into pan

Bake until the edges are browned and crispy and the middle cooked through.

Wait for the pan to cool completely before cutting.

finished cookie bars

cookie bars recipe

Have fun making these delicious bars!

-Redheadedwhovian

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